Articles in Honors

Burt Swersey Receives Sustainable Practice Impact Award

Swersey, who founded the course Inventor’s Studio, has been teaching at Rensselaer for more than 20 years.

Burt Swersey, senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering and founder of the Inventor’s Studio course, has received the Sustainable Practice Impact Award given by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators (NCIIA). Swersey was honored at NCIIA’s 18th annual Open Minds showcase of student invention and innovation in Silicon Valley on… Read More

ROI of Rensselaer Education Among the Best in the Nation


Rensselaer continues to be among the top universities in the nation for providing an outstanding return on investment (ROI), according to a new study by The 2014 PayScale College ROI Report ranks Rensselaer as 34th of the 1,310 colleges included in the study. The report ranks Rensselaer as 23rd among private universities and 16th… Read More

Commencement Honorands Announced

IBM Chairman and CEO, World Wide Web inventor, and renowned geneticist will receive honorary degrees


Ginni Rometty, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of IBM, will address graduates on May 24 at the 208th Commencement Ceremony of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rometty will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony, along with World Wide Web inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, and pioneering geneticist Mary-Claire King. “At Rensselaer we ask, ‘Why not… Read More

President Jackson Addresses Internet2 Global Summit

Stronger, smarter connections needed for universities to harness the full power and potential of this new data-driven era

Universities must make new and innovative connections to harness the full power and potential of this data-driven era, President Shirley Ann Jackson said April 8 in a keynote address at the Internet2 Global Summit in Denver, Colo. Deriving “insights from the massive amounts of Web-based data that humanity is producing about itself, during the ordinary… Read More

Personalized Bone Surgery Techniques To Reduce Patient Recovery Times

Professor Johnson Samuel receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation


Material design and advanced manufacturing expert Johnson Samuel, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Samuel will use the five-year, $400,000 grant to advance his research into developing new surgical tools… Read More

Paul Schoch Receives Woodie Flowers Award

Paul Schoch

During the launch of the New York Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Competition, Paul Schoch, associate professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering and director of the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education, received the Woodie Flowers Award. The award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. FIRST recognizes an adult… Read More

Garde, Bequette Named Fellows of AIMBE

Elected by peers to distinguished group of medical and biological engineers

Shekhar Garde

Two chemical and biological engineering experts at Rensselaer have been elected fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Professors Shekhar Garde and B. Wayne Bequette will be honored by the professional society later this month at the AIMBE annual conference in Washington. Elected by their peers, AIMBE fellows represent the top… Read More

Studying the Symmetry of Cells To Help Prevent Birth Defects

Leo Wan receives Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from March of Dimes

Tissue engineering and stem cell expert Leo Q. Wan, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received a prestigious Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes, founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Today, research… Read More

Ying Chen Receives NSF CAREER Award

Materials scientist seeks to develop new “smart metals” for use in energy harvesting, actuators and sensors, and robotics

Ying Chen

Metals and nanomechanics expert Ying Chen, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Chen will use the five-year, $540,000 grant to study and develop “smart metals” informed by leading-edge interface engineering. Known as shape memory alloys… Read More

Lally Holds Business Model Competition

Six student teams took home top prizes


It’s never too early to encourage college students to find a way to turn an idea into a viable business, according to the Lally School of Management. To support this concept, the Lally School hosted a business model competition for undergraduate and graduate students last month. With over $15,000 in cash and in-kind services available,… Read More